Tosa Two Heart is wearing her community’s hearts on her sleeves and is hoping others will too.
Alumnus Two Heart is exploring new niches in fashion by incorporating traditional Lakota designs into modern clothes. She said her work amplifies the voices of Native Americans in the exclusionary space of Western fashion through its emphasis on Lakota symbols and traditions. In doing so, she said she hopes to raise awareness for the rich culture that shaped her life and pay homage to the Lakota people.
“Part of fashion and Native art is educating the world on who we are as Native people and what makes us unique, not in a stereotypical way, not in a negative way,” Two Heart said. “But this is who we are, and every one of us has our own story to share.”
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